New permanent home agreed for Dawley Post Office

A new permanent home for Dawley Post Office has been agreed and will open after Christmas.

New permanent home agreed for Dawley Post Office

A new permanent home for Dawley Post Office has been agreed and will open after Christmas.

Long-standing Dawley businessman Gurjinder Singh (Gurj) will become the postmaster at the post office which will be housed in part of his Lifestyle Express convenience store at the top of the High Street, opposite Dawley House (the old restrooms). 

Telford & Wrekin Council has worked with Great Dawley Town Council and local councillors to secure a permanent home for the post office.

The Post Office was previously based within the Co-op on Dawley High Street but the Co-op chose not to renew its lease in the summer.

It provides a key service for residents and this announcement will ensure the service’s permanent future in the town.

Telford & Wrekin Council will support Gurjinder with the fit out of the new post office in his store at 2, Burton Street and details about the opening will be announced in due course.

Gurjinder said: “I’m thrilled that a deal has been agreed and I’m looking forward to running the post office which will be housed within my store.

“I think this is really positive news for Dawley and hopefully it will give residents the services they need and reassurance that a post office is coming back to the town.”

In October, Telford & Wrekin Council agreed a deal to bring major high street convenience store Tesco Express to Dawley High Street.

Tesco will lease a significant part of the former Co-op and the new store is set to open in Spring 2023.

Telford & Wrekin Council has also recently supported a number of businesses in Dawley through its Pride in Our High Street programme, which provides funding to help businesses launch on the high street in empty retail units and on market stalls.

The programme has given two businesses, N’Chanted and Graze & Glory, over £4,500 between them in start-up trial grants to help them launch on Dawley Market.

As well as a start-up grant, Jolly Good Egg company has also received a £434 digital grant which has helped to buy a high resolution wall monitor to display its expanding range of products and to support a new click and collect service.

The programme has recently launched a new eco grant for high street shops which will allow those in Dawley to invest in energy saving products to help with the current energy crisis and reduce costs.

Telford & Wrekin Councillors Shaun Davies, Bob Wennington, Andy Burford, Ian Preece, Lord Kuldip Sahota and Raj Mehta, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of a new postmaster and a new permanent home for Dawley Post Office.

“Gurjinder has been based in Dawley for 10 years and he is well known in the local community. 

“This announcement is great news for everyone in Dawley and means the continuation of an extremely valuable service that the post office has provided to residents for generations.

“We will continue to work with existing businesses in the town to support and promote them and attract new businesses.”